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Build Your Own Bicycle Frame: FEB/MAR SUNDAYS 2013

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EST)

Build Your Own Bicycle Frame: FEB/MAR SUNDAYS 2013

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General Admission
This ticket grants admission to all sessions of Build Your Own Bicycle Frame at Artisan's Asylum. It includes access to the Asylum welding shop outside of class during Paul's scheduled office hours to work on your bicycle and a $250 fee to cover the price of building materials.
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Event Details


Ever frustrated by riding a bike just not shaped well for you? Ever tempted to try and build your own frame, but not sure where to start? This is the class for you!

In this class, students will learn how to build their own bicycle frame from steel tubes, using lugged construction. You will learn about bicycle geometry and handling, what configurations are typically applied to what kind of riding applications, the basics of fitting a bicycle frame to a rider, and how to set up a bicycle frame jig.

Students should expect to spend time in the shop outside of class working on weekly assignments if they hope to finish their bicycle in the two months. Shop access for homework assignments is included in the registration cost of the class.

You will come out of the class with an unpainted steel roadbike frame set up for fast city riding, commuting, or touring. It will accept caliper brakes and a 25.4mm threadless headset. Extras (handlebars, seat, peddles, and wheels) are totally up to you!

Class Goals:

Students will leave the class having built their own bicycle frame, fitted specifically for them (or for the person of their choice) from steel tubing. Students will learn about fabricating structures made of thin wall tubing, and about brazing techniques.

(Outside the scope of this class, but highly recommended:  Build up your bike. Paint your name on the side. Ride it around. Impress your friends.)


No previous experience required.


Materials are provided, covered by a materials fee of $250 included in your registration price. Students may customize their build with a selection of dropouts and braze-ons. 

Paul Carson

Instructor Biography:

Paul Carson is an engineer by training and metalworking enthusiast.  After years of making bicycle powered sculptures, a recumbent trike, gas powered bumper cars and other contraptions, he designed his own bicycle building process using the fixture and manufacturing process design skills he learned working as a manufacturing engineer.

Event Time:

Remember: You should expect to spend at least as much time outside of class as in class working on your bicycle in order to finish before the class ends!

Session 1: Sunday, February 9, 10:00AM - 1:00PM: Lecture & Consultation

Session 2: Sunday, February 16, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Session 3: Sunday, February 23, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Session 4: Sunday, March 2, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Session 5: Sunday, March 9, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Session 6: Sunday, March 16, 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Session 7: Sunday, March 23, 10:00AM - 1:00PM


REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.

Have questions about Build Your Own Bicycle Frame: FEB/MAR SUNDAYS 2013? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

Artisan's Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143

Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM (EST)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:

* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.

* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.

* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility. 

* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.

* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship. 

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